What we're about

This hiking group is for people who like to undertake challenging hikes and climbs in and around the Coachella Valley, as well as all of Southern California and the Sierras. We hike Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Baldy and Mt. Shasta, just to name a few. Our hikes range from approximately 10-20 miles and may gain at least 2000 feet to over 10,000 feet of elevation. Our hikes are moderate to very strenuous. Some of our hikes include Skyline, Cactus to Clouds, Vivian Creek, South Fork and routes on Baldy. We also do a good bit of mountaineering and go to the summits of San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and Mt. Shasta in the snow or ice using crampons, ice axes and full on winter gear. In addition, there are many desert hikes that we do in the winter, such as Jo Pond and the Guadalupe to Sugarloaf, as well as Painted Canyon in Mecca and many trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Our hikes typically last at least 6-15 hours and require preparation and care. Join this group if you love the outdoors, adventure, challenging hikes or climbs, intense workouts in nature, unpredictable weather and wonderful camaraderie with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. We also welcome hike organizers, so if you are interested in leading your favorite hikes, we would love to have you join our leadership team.

Upcoming events (5+)

Presentation - "Adventure Travel -- Peak Thrills on Three Continents"

Eaton Canyon Nature Center

WHAT: "Adventure Travel -- Peak Thrills on Three Continents" WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 23, 2019 WHERE: Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena Combining images and stories from Asia, Africa and South America, veteran mountaineer Jim Vanderaa will transport us to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Ecuador’s Mt. Cayambe. His 92-mile trek to Everest’s base camp with only a Sherpa guide took 16 days. Although his route in 2014 was not the usual one, he found it more accessible than people realize, and can offer travel tips to anyone considering the venture. His ascent of 19,341-foot Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania included a visit to a Masai village, and a fivc-day safari through Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ngorongoro National Parks. Peaks scaled in South America’s Andes mountain range included 18,996-foot. Mt. Cayambe. (photo) A social reception at 7 p.m. precedes the 7:30 program sponsored by the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter’s Forest Committee. The program is free and the public is welcome. For information, email Don Bremner at [masked] or John Monsen at [masked]. Directions to Eaton Canyon: From the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, take the Altadena Drive exit (if westbound on the 210, take the Sierra Madre off-ramp, and at the bottomr go west another few blocks to Altadena Drive), drive north toward the mountains about a mile, and 500 feet after crossing New York Drive, turn right into Eaton Canyon Park. The Nature Center is on the left from the parking area.

***Mammoth Snowshoeing Weekend***

Inyo Craters Trail Mammoth Scenic Loop

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP. Well I don't know that we can count on Southern California giving us any snow this year... again! Fingers crossed but let's plan a snowshoeing trip anyway! Mammoth has gorgeous groomed snowshoe trails all over the place! Let's go and explore on and off trail! The groomed trails are great for all levels of snowshoeing, however we will be traveling some long distances. Some additional backcountry exploration will be optional! You are responsible for organizing your own accommodations! FRIDAY Meetup @ NOON INYO CRATERS TRAILHEAD @ Mammoth Scenic Loop Parking Area 8MI R/T snowshoe to Inyo Craters. (Following Hwy. 203 toward Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge, turn right on Mammoth Scenic Loop. Follow this paved, two-lane road 2.7 miles to the Inyo Craters turnoff. Turn left and follow the signs to the parking lot at the Inyo Craters trail head. Park here.) THE MAP PIN IS A GENERAL AREA. https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Inyo+Craters+Trail,+California+93546/@37.6914274,-119.018063,15z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x8096128cfd7ceb69:0x63fe604878bf8c4d!2m2!1d-119.0093082!2d37.6914277 SATURDAY Meetup @ 8am MAMMOTH ROCK TRAIL parking. Take Old Mammoth Road from Main Street and follow it until the road is closed (winter closure). This is the general area for Mammoth Rock Trail parking (snow may be covering the parking lot and make it hard to see). There are bathrooms and benches and the road closure metal gate (again depending on snow level it may be hard to see). Park in this area. We will congregate here and "hopefully" be able to start snowshoeing right from the parking area. We will head to Mammoth Rock and generally explore the area. This will be a full day event so please have lots of hydration, snacks, energy and lunch. https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Mammoth+Rock+Trail+Parking/@37.6315273,-119.0024782,14z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80960c5dff48856f:0xd6bdf33ddc3dfd5c!2m2!1d-118.9932941!2d37.6186283!3e0 ***GROUP DINNER OPTIONAL @ MAMMOTH BREWING CO. EATERY @ 7PM*** Sunday head for home! SNOWSHOES CAN BE RENTED IN THE MAMMOTH AREA OR ARCADIA REI among other places I'm sure! Do your research if you need to rent. Please rent backcountry, ascending style shoes. **15 PEOPLE ONLY** NO PLUS 1'S or GUESTS and NO DOGS*** If you would like to join the event, answer the questions upon RSVP. You must have a completed profile with a photo of YOU and hiking history. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. Chronic non-attenders, double-bookers and no-shows, don't sign-up. THE TEN ESSENTIALS ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must have micro-spikes and snowshoes and winter clothing, waterproof boots and all essential gear! THINK WATERPROOF and LOTS OF LAYERS! *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this event, you acknowledge, agree and do not hold any of the group or members responsible for your participation. You agree that this event can be dangerous and involve risk. You agree you are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. Including participation in carpools to and from destinations. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to participate with me and fellow attendees. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER and/or UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT.



*PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE HIKE DESCRIPTION PRIOR TO SIGNING UP* THIS WILL BE 3-NIGHTS of *CAR CAMPING* AT WILDROSE CAMPGROUND which has 23 FREE WALK-UP campsites that can comfortably accommodate two tents per site. Located off Trona Wildrose Road at an elevation of 4100'. Amenities include pit toilets, potable water, fire pits (purchase wood from the area and review fire restrictions in place at the time of the event), bbqs and picnic tables. NO TRASH FACILITY (PACK OUT ALL TRASH). LEAVE NO TRACE! Safe food storage must be practiced! Rodents and other wildlife are abundant in the area. Including mules that roam freely. All scented and food items must be kept out of TENTS and CONTAINED. *CAR CAMPING* *DAY HIKING ONLY* *15 HIKERS ONLY* I will be arriving Thursday evening. Camp spots cannot be "HELD" for attendees. This campground can get busy during the wildflower months. FRIDAY: CORKSCREW PEAK @ 5804' 8MI R/T 3300' GAIN (RIDGE ROUTE) Some Class 1 and 2 easy scrambling and route finding. DEPART CAMPGROUND IN CARPOOLS @ 6AM (1HR COMMUTE) FOR A FULL DAY OF ACTIVITY. After Corkscrew Peak we will visit MESQUITE SAND DUNES and STOVEPIPE WELLS SALOON for dinner before returning to camp for the night. SATURDAY: TELESCOPE PEAK @ 11043' 14MI R/T 3000' GAIN. DEPART CAMPGROUND IN CARPOOLS @ 7AM (20MIN COMMUTE). The road to Mahogany Flat (Trailhead) is rough and full of potholes. HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES ARE RECOMMENDED. Low clearance vehicles can park at the Charcoal Kilns. This will add approximately 3 miles r/t to your hike. This is a great time of year to climb Telescope as the wildflowers are blooming and the trail is normally clear of snow and ice. (WEATHER CONDITIONS TBD). https://www.google.com/maps/dir//Wildrose+Campground,+Death+Valley,+CA/@36.2626141,-117.1951813,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x80c0cd3afdefeb6d:0x693f86fb4b8786dd!2m2!1d-117.1881833!2d36.2657861!3e0 *Be prepared to pay a National Park Entrance Fee or have your annual pass* ***NO PLUS 1'S or Guests & NO DOGS*** ANSWER THE QUESTIONS upon RSVP. If you don't see the questions, send me a private message. You must have a completed profile with a picture of yourself and hiking history. Chronic non-attenders, chronic double-bookers and No-shows WILL NOT GET PRIORITY. *LIMITED TO 15 HIKERS* The TEN ESSENTIALS are ALWAYS REQUIRED! You must provide all of your own camping, hiking, survival and safety gear. SAFE FOOD STORAGE. BE PREPARED FOR CHANGING TEMPERATURES AND CLIMATE. *KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS* By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. KNOW YOUR ABILITY BEFORE SIGNING UP. I reserve the right to accept/deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. SEVERE WEATHER/UNSAFE CONDITIONS MAY CANCEL THIS EVENT. "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us." Anonymous

***MT. LANGLEY Backpacking Adventure***

Horseshoe Meadow Campground

***I LOVE MOUNT LANGLEY (14,026') and the Cottonwood Lakes area! Let's take advantage of the long weekend and enjoy the Sierra Nevada and all it's beauty! I enjoy travelling to the summit a few times a year! This will be my annual GROUP trip with the hiking club! It is an intermediate to advanced event due to the mileage and elevation statistics. THURSDAY JULY 4th HORSESHOE MEADOWS @ 11AM. *OPTIONAL DAY* We will camp one night ($8) at the Horseshoe Meadows Campground by the Cottonwood Pass TH. Once we setup camp, we'll do a short hike to TRAIL PEAK (11620') then return to camp for the night. Trail Peak is six miles r/t with 1600' gain. It travels Cottonwood Pass Trail to the PCT to an off-trail scramble. It has beautiful views of the entire Horseshoe Meadow area and the Sierra mountaintops. FRIDAY JULY 5TH MEET AT COTTONWOOD LAKES TRAILHEAD @ 10:30AM. This will be a TWO-NIGHT backpacking trip! It is 6.5 miles to Long Lake @ (11100'). We will set-up camp here for two nights. SATURDAY JULY 6TH DEPART CAMP @ 8AM TO SUMMIT MT. LANGLEY VIA NEW ARMY PASS (10MI R/T). Return to camp for the night. Break camp Sunday morning and return to the TH @ 8am. Each participant is responsible for their own food and transportation. I WILL HAVE THE PERMIT. The cost of this trip is $10.00 per person. This is payable via PAYPAL ONLY to [masked] within three days of being accepted as GOING. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please be committed prior to signing up. ***BEAR CANISTERS ARE REQUIRED. If you do not own one, they can be rented at the Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitor Center, or many REI locations. ALL FOOD AND SCENTED ITEMS MUST BE STORED IN A BEAR CANISTER*** ***12 BACKPACKERS ONLY*** NO PLUS 1'S. NO DOGS. Please answer the questions upon RSVP. You must be a member of the club and have a completed profile with a photo of yourself, and hiking experience listed. If you do not see the questions, send me a private email. I reserve the right to accept or deny your RSVP for the safety of the group. Chronic non-attenders and no-shows will not be given priority. ***I prefer to stay together as a group for safety. There will be NO SWEEP. However, I leave no one behind and I expect all participants to be mindful and considerate of the group as a whole***This is not a competition. This is for the love of the wilderness, mountains, nature and friends. If you want to hike alone, do not join this event. If someone is not keeping up with the relative pace of the group, I will ask them to not make a summit attempt from Long Lake. A summit attempt is OPTIONAL. ***TEN ESSENTIALS ALWAYS REQUIRED*** 2-3L of hydration (water sources available along the trail), water filter, food and snacks for three days, energy and electrolytes to meet your personal requirements for three days. Clothing and protective layers for a wide range of mountain temperatures. All backpacking gear for two nights including stove, bear canister etc... extra headlamp batteries, rain/wind gear, cold gear, bug repellent, bug net, etc... ***KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS By signing up YES for this hike, you acknowledge and agree that hiking can be dangerous and involve risk. You are responsible for your own safety, well-being and actions. I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL HIKER OR GUIDE. This is simply an invitation to hike with me and fellow hikers. Bring a GOOD ATTITUDE because this is going to be awesome fun!

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